2. Oral health superfoods: Whole-grain bread and cereal
Why: Pregnant or trying to conceive? Then you should be aware that whole-grain products fortified with folic acid are key to your baby’s oral health. “Folic acid intake is important during pregnancy to prevent fetal clefting of the lip and palate,” says Dr. Swan. Make sure you get 0.4 mg of folic acid per day. (It’s also key to proper fetal brain and spinal development.) And wheat germ is rich in vitamin E, another tissue- and wound-healer.
Alternative superfoods: Other foods boasting folate/folic acid include dark-green veggies (broccoli, spinach, peas, Brussels sprouts), corn, dried legumes, oranges and OJ. Prenatal multi-vitamin supplements also include folic acid.